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Saugie Spotlight
This week’s spotlight shines on… the first half of the school year! What a gift it has been so far. We enter 2022 with continued uncertainty surrounding COVID, but we have a whole lot of confidence that the 2nd half of the year will be filled with just as much meaningful engagement for our community as the first. We are so proud of the resilience of this community. Our hope is that our volunteers and visitors will be invited back into the building soon and all of our student concerts will be rescheduled. 

Saugie’s Checklist

  • View Superintendent Scarice’s Latest Covid-19 Update HERE

  • Join the PTA HERE!

  • Buy your tickets for the Ice Skating Party HERE!

  • January Lunch Menu

Next Week at a Glance

Monday, January 10th, 7pm 

Board of Education Mtg. - SHS. Live streaming is available HERE or on Cablevision Channel 78 and Frontier TV Channel 99

Friday, January 14th, 8:30am-4pm

Board of Education 2022-2023 Budget Mtg. - A recording will be made available on the district website.


Save the Date

Monday, January 17th

No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 18th, 7pm

Board of Education Mtg. - SHS. Live streaming is available HERE or on Cablevision Channel 78 and Frontier TV Channel 99

Sunday, January 23rd, 5-7pm

SES Ice Skating Party - Westport PAL Rink at Longshore 


Brought to you by the PTA

SES Ice Skating Party!

Many of you have purchased tickets and are planning on joining us for the annual SES Ice Skating Party at the Westport PAL Rink at Longshore on Sunday, January 23rd from 5-7pm. Capacity is limited to 75 skaters and spots are filling up! Tickets are $15 per person if purchased in advance and $20 at the door. Please only purchase a ticket for the members of your party who will be on the ice. The price of the ticket includes skate rentals, but attendees should bring their own helmets. Note that you do not need to be a good ice skater to attend – beginners are welcome! Saugie will also make an appearance on the ice! Please CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets now. Contact or with any questions.


SES Logowear
SES logowear is a great way to show your school spirit and support the PTA! CLICK HERE to order! Merchandise will be sent home in your student’s backpack.


SES PTA Membership
The PTA needs your help! The PTA membership dues are a big fundraiser that help us with staff appreciation, student enrichment, and community building.  Becoming a member requires NO volunteer hours. Your $30 contribution is a way of saying that you stand in support of the programming that the PTA provides to the SES community! We need you and truly can’t do what we do without you. The PTA bylaws actually state that all committee chair members and volunteers shall be paid members of the PTA. Without the PTA these opportunities to be involved would not exist. The organization belongs to all of you so please join in support of it. CLICK HERE to join! To view the membership communication from September CLICK HERE.

The SES Scene
Follow us on Instagram!

@thesaugiescene is now live for all things SES, including: news, events, announcements and community events. Simply submit THIS FORM, then head to instagram and request to follow.  We look forward to seeing you there! Please note, in order to follow, you must be a member of the PTA. 


School Dismissal Manager

Please CLICK HERE to review Principal Messler’s email regarding the NEW dismissal procedures as of 10/18/21.


Health & Safety

Please review Superintendent Scarice’s latest Covid-19 update HERE.
Please review Tools For Schools information regarding indoor air quality HERE.

All Around Town
Westport PAL Girls & Boys Lacrosse:
Westport Girls & Boys Spring Lacrosse registration is now open to all girls and boys in K-8th. Lacrosse is a fun, growing sport and no previous experience is necessary. The Westport PAL strives to create a nurturing and positive environment where children can learn the sport and excel based upon their skill level and commitment to pursuing higher levels of play, if interested. Towards this goal, they offer both house and travel programs for grades K-8. CLICK HERE to register. General program information can be found on or by emailing or

Westport Continuing Education Winter 2022 Programs
Registration is now open for Westport Continuing Education’s Winter After School programs for grades K-12 with a diverse array of programs in the arts, creativity, culinary, STEM, sports, and more! CLICK HERE to find programs for kids in grades K-8.

Westport Public Art Collections (WestPAC)
The WestPAC is looking for volunteers to be school and town site representatives. For information please CLICK HERE

Westport Library Happenings

The Westport Library is holding tutoring sessions for students in grades 2-5 every Tuesday, from 6-7pm. There will be a certified teacher on site who can help with their homework.  If they can’t get to the library, they can log in over Zoom and get help. CLICK HERE for details on the program, including the link to register to get the login information for remote help.


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The PTA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Committee is committed to making DE&I a priority in our district and supports the entire Saugatuck Elementary School community.  If you are interested in joining the committee or have any questions, please email the SES DE&I Tri-Chairs- Sarah Ferro, Nat Smitobol and Jane Smith at

Westport PTA Council
Check out the council’s website HERE.


A Scoop of Thanks to . . .

. . . Our entire SES staff and administration for welcoming our students back for in-person learning after break. They continue to provide outstanding support and leadership for our students!

. . . The dedicated staff who help man the drop-off and pick-up lines.  The lines have nearly doubled  and the temps have dropped since the return of school and we thank them for their continued patience and support.

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